March 25, 2002
The countdown is on for Seabourn Sun nee Royal Viking Sun. The 38,000 ton ship, slated for an intra-Carnival Corp. transfer to Holland America, will leave the Seabourn fleet April 23. Under the Holland America banner, the ship, built in 1988, will be renamed the MS Prinsendam and will undergo a 35-day drydock -- mostly interiors -- to conform to HAL style. Among the changes include the addition of 14 staterooms, which raises the ship’s capacity from 758 to 794 passengers, an art gallery, Internet center and the creation of Odyssey, the line’s alternative Italian-themed restaurant. Another introduction will be a concierge lounge as an extra-suite service. Unique to this ship, which otherwise will conform to Holland America’s consistent fleetwide style, Holland America dubs the 14 new passenger cabins as “lanai” staterooms. These newly constructed cabins, carved out of a ship lounge, will have verandahs and share, among them, a private deck-with-hot tub. As Prinsendam, the ship debuts June 3 in New York; its maiden voyage is a 10-day transatlantic to Southampton.